SAN JOSE -- After missing four games with a shoulder injury, San Jose Sharks forward Ryane Clowe will return to the lineup and skate on the third line Wednesday night against the Anaheim Ducks at HP Pavilion.
Clowe hasn't played since the first period against the Los Angeles Kings on March 16 when he aggravated a nagging shoulder injury.
"I feel good," Clowe said after the Sharks' morning skate. "I probably felt pretty good last game, but I just needed a couple extra skates. ... I had a little skate yesterday. I feel good today."
How things have changed.
After registering nine points in his first 18 games this season, Stepan has had points in 11 of his next 14 -- totaling 16 during that stretch. On Tuesday, the damage was done at the expense of the division rival Philadelphia Flyers, as the 22-year-old reeled off the first four-point game (1G, 3A, plus-3) of his three-year National Hockey League career.
With the rumors swirling that the Boston Bruins are in the mix to acquire Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames, some have speculated goaltending prospect Malcolm Subban would have to be involved in order to land the services of the future Hall of Fame right wing.
But Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Subban, the team's first-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, isn't going anywhere.
"I can tell you this: I'm not trading Malcolm Subban," Chiarelli said on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher and Rich" show. "He's young. He's a very good goalie prospect and I see him in our future and being a big part of our future. We've got some goalie depth, but I'm telling you I'm not trading Malcolm Subban. There are other players, and we've got a fairly well-stocked cupboard of prospects, but I'm not trading Malcolm Subban."
Citing travel and the birth of his second son Oskar last week, coach Bob Hartley is opting to give Kiprusoff the night off, starting MacDonald for the ninth time this season.
"He was a busy man in the last couple of games, plus the traveling plus the new baby and everything," Hartley said. "It's a lot on his plate. After talking with Kipper, we both decided that we would give the start to Joey MacDonald."
MacDonald is 3-5-1 with a 2.98 goals against average and .894 save percentage this season.
The Wild, playing some of their best hockey under second-year coach Mike Yeo, have won a franchise-best six straight games.
The Coyotes kick off a three-game road trip having lost six games in a row. Phoenix, which sat in sixth place in the West on March 14, one point out of fourth, has tumbled seven spots as a result of the skid and now sits four points back of the San Jose Sharks for the eighth and final spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Sean Monahan, NHL Central Scouting's No. 4-rated skater among the top draft-eligible prospects in North America, is a center for the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League. The 6-foot-2, 186-pound forward led his team with 31 goals, 47 assists, 15 power-play goals and 78 points in 58 games this season for the 67's. Monahan, who was voted among the top three players in four separate categories during the OHL Eastern Conference Coaches Poll in March, has offered to maintain a monthly blog for NHL.com that will chronicle his season leading up to the 2013 NHL Draft.
It was a challenging season this year and with that brings a lot of positives and negatives.
I guess the biggest negative was losing many games (16-46-6), but then there were positives. We still have our loyal fans in Ottawa cheering and always supporting our team. I believe that playing on a rebuilding team at some point in your career is part of being a professional. I learned how to control my emotions better during a game, and that allowed me to focus and play my game.
I was also able to build on my leadership skills and was able to react differently at different times during the season. The one downfall was not really having a home rink, although that's not an excuse to lose games. It just didn't feel like we really ever had a home game. Personally, I definitely had more positives than negatives this past season. I can't thank everyone enough who was a part of it, especially all my teammates.
It's Wednesday, and so it's Rivalry Night in the NHL! Cisco NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek will get you ready for one of the most storied rivalries in hockey when the Montreal Canadiens face off against the Boston Bruins. We'll talk to NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire, who will be Inside the Glass for the fierce division battle, and we'll get the X-Factor from NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose.
The Ottawa Senators continue to add points despite missing their Norris Trophy Winner, Erik Karlsson. Coach Paul MacLean will join the show to talk about how his team has overcome the odds. Nashville Predators forward Martin Erat, who has enjoyed three-straight multi-point games, will also stop by. And don't forget, the NHL Trade Deadline is a week away. NHL Network insider Darren Dreger will give the latest on rumors from around the League. Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford will also make an appearance.
Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, play a game of plus-minus, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks the winners of all four games tonight.
BOSTON – With first place in the Northeast Division on the line for the Boston Bruins when they play the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night at TD Garden, Bruins coach Claude Julien probably will return his first line to its usual form after separating Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton for two periods Monday in a win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Lucic, Krejci and Horton skated together during the morning skate at TD Garden. Lucic snapped a 15-game goal drought against the Maple Leafs.
Johnny Boychuk skated with the team, but Julien said the defenseman’s status was uncertain. Boychuk was injured during practice last Friday and he has missed two games.
The Canadiens, who lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night, did not hold a full skate.
Here are the projected lineups for the Bruins and Canadiens:
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If you want to prove people wrong, you've just got to go out and do it. Yeah, we blew 3-2 series leads the last two years, but no one is going remember that if we go out there on Saturday night and beat these guys and go play in the Stanley Cup Final. We need to get back to work and we'll start to do that tomorrow.